by AuxBeacon News Staff
[Update 10DEC17: Lt Gen Giovanni Tuck has removed Col John O. Howard from command and the Air Force OSI is gathering information regarding sexual misconduct.]
Col. John O. Howard assumed command of the 375th Air Mobility Wing from Col. Laura L. Lenderman during a change of command ceremony this morning at Scott Air Force Base Parade Field.
“What a wonderful day today; this has been absolutely fantastic,” Howard said to the crowd after officially assuming command. “To the men and women of the 375th Air Mobility Wing, I am absolutely thrilled to be serving as your next commander. As the Air Force celebrates its 75th birthday and the base celebrates its centennial anniversary, I look forward to working with and getting to know each and every one of you as we continue to extend the legacy of the great Airmen that came before us.”
Howard thanked his friends and family for attending, while also expressing gratitude to his wife Dana Howard.
“Dana, thank you for joining me on this adventure and providing support every step of the way,” he said. “It’s not easy being a military spouse, and I don’t always do the best to recognize the sacrifices that families make. But you always make it look so easy. So thank you very, very much. To all my friends and family, thanks for coming out and sharing this incredible moment with me as well.”
Howard also praised Lenderman, stating, “Laura, through your leadership and personal sacrifice, you have built a truly high performing team.”
Civil Air Patrol’s GLR-IL-205 Scott Composite Squadron is located at Scott Air Force Base.